About us

Tom and Rob are two young professionals who met at university and, having lived with each other, and also their fair share of less than ideal flatmates, decided they wanted to build something to make it much easier to find the most compatible people to live with.

Frustrated by the current flatshare sites, which are based entirely on the look or location of the property, Ideal Flatmate was created with the knowledge that who you live with affects your happiness far more than the features or size of your room.

"You're the average of the five people you spend most of your time with."

Jim Rohm

Tom Gatzen

Tom Gatzen

Tom has spent time working in politics and financial PR and loves getting things done. He enjoys travelling and is a sports nut, playing cricket for Middlesex Youth and being found most weekends following Watford FC.

WORST FLATMATE EXPERIENCE?

"Some of my ex-flatmates would probably say I was the worst person to live with, and my current flatmate would certainly agree that I am not the best at getting chores done. The worst experience though was when two flatmates fell out in a big way, putting a lot of strain on the rest of the house!"


Rob Imonikhe

Rob Imonikhe

Rob has worked in publishing and has had stints at a number of media outlets. A positive bundle of energy, he is the ideas man and provides some philosophical insights to the team, having completed a BA in philosophy.

WORST FLATMATE EXPERIENCE?

"I once came home from work and caught two of my flatmates having an "intimate moment" in the kitchen. Turns out this had been going on for some time and they had been keeping things quiet! House dynamics changed a bit after that. "


Dr Paula Banca

Dr. Paula Banca

Paula has conducted the research (design and analyses) and generated the algorithm we use to match compatible flatmates. She obtained a PhD in 2015 and has been conducting research at the University of Cambridge, Psychology Department, for the last 16 months.

WORST FLATMATE EXPERIENCE?

"I've been very lucky with flatmates and have never had a terrible experience, although sometimes not everyone comes up to my high standards of cleanliness!"